Here is the itinerary for the opening walk of The Games Way. If everything goes to plan (…and what could possibly go wrong?!), this is where we will be walking each day.
If you are on Twitter, you may want to follow @walk2012 so I can provide any last minute updates. I will be trying to keep this site and facebook up to date with our progress, but opportunities to get online may be limited, so I will prioritise Twitter.
I have got printed copies of The Games Way route guide – many thanks to the lovely folk at Banner Managed Communication – and I will be bringing these to the first day. If you are signed up for the walk and I’ve got your address then I will try to get one in the post to you tomorrow.
Stage 0: Launch party
Friday 27th July 2012
19:00 at The Ship Inn, Weymouth harbour
Stage 1: Weymouth to Durdle Door, 14 miles
Saturday 28th July 2012
09:30 opposite The Ferry Bridge pub, Portland Road
(alternatively 10:15 to 10:30 at the Jubilee Clock on Weymouth sea front)
Weymouth has a train station – much better than driving.
Durdle Door / Lulworth Cove are difficult for public transport, so I think lift sharing / taxi sharing will be advisable if you aren’t staying.
Stage 2: Durdle Door to Wareham, 15 miles
Sunday 29th July 2012
09:30 Lulworth Heritage Centre – car park
Wareham has a good train service on the Weymouth – Bournemouth line.
Stage 3: Wareham to Wimborne, 18 miles
Monday 30th July 2012
09:30 On the bridge by the Old Granary, Wareham
Wimborne doesn’t have trains, but there are frequent buses to Poole and Bournemouth.
Stage 4: Wimborne to Linwood, 17 miles
Tuesday 31st July 2012
09:30 Oakley Hill, Wimborne – by the Castlemans Trailway and FP30.
There is no public transport in this bit of the New Forest, but there is a good taxi service to Ringwood.
Stage 5: Linwood to Romsey, 18 miles
Wednesday 1st August 2012
09:30 Red Shoot Inn, Linwood
Romsey is on the Salisbury – Southampton train line.
Stage 6: Romsey to Winchester, 14 miles
Stage 7: Winchester to Bishop’s Sutton, 10 miles
Friday 3rd August 2012
09:30 by the war memorial statue of a soldier outside Winchester Cathedral
Alresford, just before Bishop’s Sutton is on the Watercress train line to Alton and beyond.
Stage 8: Bishop’s Sutton to Bentley, 17 miles
Stage 9: Bentley to Puttenham, 12 miles
Sunday 5th August 2012
09:30 The Star Inn, Bentley
There is no train station but you can get a bus from Puttenham to Farnham or Guildford.
Stage 10: Puttenham to Weybridge, 17 miles
Stage 11: Weybridge to Putney Bridge, 15 miles
Tuesday 7th August 2012
09:30 Thames Lock, Weybridge
Putney has buses, underground and overground train stations.
Stage 12: Putney Bridge to Stratford, 17 miles
Wednesday 8th August 2012
09:30 Putney Bridge, Putney
The nearest station is Pudding Mill Lane, but there are several options.